"Today in History" we remember that on this date Friday, May 16 1873, Darlington County residents celebrated the completion and dedication of their "New" Court House. The first first session of court was held in it on June 2nd, Judge C.P. Townsend presided.
Within a few weeks after the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox, victorious Union forces began the systematic military occupation of the prostrate South. Garrisons were established not only in Columbia and Charleston, but in every court house town throughout the State, from which matters attendant to the “reconstruction” of the State were administered.